• 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' sweeps Sundance Awards

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    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday. Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the audience award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star. "My love goes out to the entire cast and crew," Gomez-Rejon said. "This movie was about processing loss, but really to celebrate a beautiful life

  • Celebrities offer support for Whitney Houston's daughter

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Celebrities are offering their support and prayers for Whitney Houston's daughter, who authorities say was recently found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome. Police said 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken Saturday to a hospital in Roswell, Georgia. La Toya Jackson is one of several celebrities who used Twitter to express her support. Jackson tweeted: "Let's All Send Love Light & Prayers to Bobbi Kristina Brown!" Brown is the daughter of Houston and Bobby Brown. Lindsey Harber, a spokeswoman at North Fulton Hospital where authorities say Houston's daughter was taken, declined to comment Sunday. Houston left her entire estate to her daughter.

  • 'Sniper' shoots down Super Bowl weekend record with $31.9M

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    NEW YORK (AP) — "American Sniper" shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw at the North American box office. The concert film "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" opened with $31.1 million against the NFL's big game in 2008. Hollywood often avoids competing with the Super Bowl as movie-going falls dramatically on Sunday, but "American Sniper" has proven an unlikely sensation. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks (and only three weeks of wide release), making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting f

  • Kanye West, Rihanna rock DirecTV party on eve of Super Bowl

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The crowd at DirecTV's Super Saturday Night party came for Rihanna, and got a healthy dose of Kanye West as a bonus. West trotted on stage as Rihanna sang the opening lines of their hit "All of the Lights," a surprise guest at an event that's become known for delivering shows from music's superstars on the eve of the Super Bowl. Rihanna opened the performance with "Rock Star" and moved through several of her hits, including "Umbrella," ''Rude Boy" and "We Found Love." She reached out and touched fans and moved effortlessly around a semicircle stage that allowed her to reach fans throughout the venue. West also interacted with the audience, slapping hands as he performed.

  • Steven Tyler headlines Rolling Stone party on Super Bowl eve

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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler charged up a frenzied crowd on the eve of the Super Bowl that features his beloved New England Patriots. Tyler played fan favorites "Dream On," ''Sweet Emotion" and "Cryin'''at the Rolling Stone party in front of an audience that sang along in unison for most of the songs. The venue was adorned with Rolling Stone covers from over the years, and Tyler made a reference to magazine founder Jann Wenner's influence on the music industry between songs. Tyler followed British pop star Charli XCX, who set the stage with an energetic set and asked the crowd if it was excited for the Super Bowl. "I thought it was baseball until a few months ago. I'm from the U.K.

  • Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event

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    PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — "Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million. The pair served as celebrity hosts for the Big Game Big Give event held at the luxurious home of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams on the eve of the Super Bowl. Williams and wife Erika greeted guests at the gates of their Paradise Valley home. Items up for auction included a VIP experience with the Nationals, jewelry and other high-end goods. Wahlberg and Bay held private sessions with donors after their arrival, with the director showing a reel of behind-the-scenes footage. "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks also performed for

  • Jimmy Fallon set for Super Bowl Sunday show in Phoenix

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Jimmy Fallon is planning his own match-up on Super Bowl Sunday. The host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" is set to wage a lip sync contest with actors Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart during a special post-game episode at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The contest is just one of the acts planned for the show. Pop singer Ariana Grande is also slated to perform. The show will air live following the game pitting the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, an episode of "The Blacklist" and local newscasts. Show representatives say tickets sold out online in less than three minutes with more than 42,000 people trying to snag one. This marks the second time Fallon has taken "The Tonight Show"

  • Val Kilmer says he's awaiting tests but doesn't have tumor

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Val Kilmer confirmed Saturday that he is hospitalized and awaiting medical results, but said he has no tumor and hasn't had surgery. In a message on his Facebook page, the 55-year-old Kilmer said he was in UCLA Medical Center's intensive care for a "complication." "We are waiting for x ray results and will stay close to my doctors advising, my family and Christian Science practitioner when all the facts are in," he said in the Facebook post. "Then I'll do what's best and be back at it sooner than u can shake a gossip column at an out of work actor." Earlier Saturday, his publicist, Liz Rosenberg, confirmed his hospitalization. She said the tests were for a possible tumor and that his two adult child

  • Authorities review video of fatal parking lot run-in

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date. The video is in "police custody" said Knight's defense attorney James Blatt, and he said he would be seeing it on Monday or Tuesday. Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida confirmed that detectives were reviewing the video, but "they have made no such arrangements with the attorney" nor did they plan to show it to him. Meanwhile, Knight remained jailed on suspicion of murder after turning himself in early Friday. He's b

  • Justin Timberlake shares baby news on his 34th birthday

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It's Justin Timberlake's birthday, but it's another birth date that's on his mind — that of his future son or daughter. The superstar shared a picture of a bulging belly — presumably belonging to wife Jessica Biel — on Instagram on Saturday, his 34th birthday. He wrote that he was getting the greatest gift ever this year and added: "CAN'T WAIT." The sex of the baby is not yet known; the actor-singer joked that the couple is taking bets. The Grammy-winning Timberlake married Biel in 2012. It will be the first child for both. Biel's pregnancy has been rumored for weeks but Timberlake's post is the first official confirmation.

  • Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub


    ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive, face down in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said. Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. The friend called 911 while her husband performed CPR on Brown because they did not believe she was breathing nor had a pulse, said Officer Lisa Holland, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department. When police arrived, they gave Brown additional care until she was taken alive to North Fulton Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman did not return repeated messages seeking comment on Brown's condition. "Right now she's still alive at the hospit

  • Graceland Too auction ends quickly as contents sold together


    HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — It was now or never for lovers of Graceland Too, north Mississippi's eccentric shrine to Elvis Presley. More than 100 people gathered Saturday at the ramshackle antebellum home in Holly Springs, anticipating an auction of thousands of items stuffed into the house by late Elvis superfan Paul MacLeod. But the sale ended before the crowd could get all shook up. After auctioneer Greg Kinard sold two of MacLeod's cars, all the home's contents were sold for $54,500 to an unidentified Georgia man who bid over the Internet. Kinard says the buyer has 15 days to remove all items. The auctioneer says the home remains for sale separately.

  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis


    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy. An online video released Saturday purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations for a possible prisoner swap. The video made no mention of another hostage, Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was captured after his fighter plane went down in December over an Islamic State-contr

  • Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the devil in Sundance epic


    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Epic is not usually a term associated with films coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, which makes director Rodrigo Garcia's imagined story of Jesus's journey through the desert even more striking. Shot by "Gravity" and "Birdman" cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki in southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and aided by precise and all-encompassing Dolby Atmos sound mix, "Last Days in the Desert" looks, feels and sounds big. How could a story of that takes on both Jesus and the devil (both played by Ewan McGregor) and their relationship to God not be? But for Garcia, it's just a small family drama. In the film, Jesus comes across a family living in the middle of the desert and becomes in

  • British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82


    LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV movies. Her son and daughter said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She won many awards, including a BAFTA Best Actress prize in 1989 for her performance in "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

  • First Look: Viola Davis goes vigilante in 'Lila and Eve'


    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez are grief-stricken mothers in "Lila and Eve," which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Lila Wolcott (Davis) is broken when her 18-year-old son is gunned down in the street — an innocent victim in the wrong place at the wrong time. At a support group for parents of murdered children, she finds a kindred spirit in Eve (Lopez), who's more interested in getting justice than talking through her problems. While the local police established a task force to find the killer of a blond-haired cheerleader, Lila's son is among dozens of young black men caught in the drug-trade crossfire. "They don't even see us," Eve says.

  • Cynthia Nixon channels the personal to play a cancer patient


    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Cynthia Nixon's portrayal of a woman and mother dying of cancer in the Sundance drama "James White" hit extremely close to home. The actress saw her own mother die from the disease in the same year she shot the film. "It's awful to have a parent die and to have you nurse them through their illness, but in some ways, it is also a very precious time," said Nixon. "You realize how grateful you are for each other." Nixon agreed with the person who called it the anti-"Terms of Endearment" film. "The film really beautifully captures the horrible slog of it. It's a really brutal and unflinching look at what a terminal illness looks like in its final stages. There aren't these poetic conversations that

  • Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men


    LONDON (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law. Their letter published Saturday in the Guardian praises the government for the 2013 pardon of World War II code breaker Alan Turing, whom Cumberbatch portrays in the movie "The Imitation Game." Turing, who played a vital role in breaking the German wartime code, was praised by Winston Churchill as having made "the single biggest contribution" to the Allied victory in World War II. But Turing, a gay man in an era when homosexuality was illegal, was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and committed suicide two years

  • Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party


    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX. Actors, television sports analysts and sports stars looked on as the "Boom Clap" singer belted out several of her hits, dancing and bounding around the stage. Among the notable guests of the party were "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul, NFL quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick and a host of retired sports figures including former basketball player Rick Fox and football stars Jerome Bettis and Marcellus Wiley.

  • Imagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero


    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl — he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes. McKee is a native of Forestville in Northern California and roots for the San Francisco 49ers. He doesn't want to see any good fortune visit a division rival, even if the Patriots have been criticized by some for playing an entire half of their last game with underinflated footballs. "I would hate to see the Seahawks as heroes," McKee said on Friday before he and his band played the DirecTV Super Fan Fest in Glendale, Ariz. Imagine Dragons won a Grammy Award for their song "Radioactive," and their next album, "Smoke + Mirr